e-Energy Study

Analysis of the innovation potential of energy change for the Salzburg economy from the perspective of information and communication technologies.

Energy is increasingly decentralized generated, stored and used. Result is a temporal-spatial unbundling of production and use, which fundamentally changes the requirements for a secure energy supply. In parallel, the goal of a nuclear-free Europe and the conversion to renewable energy can’t be achieved by only a few suppliers, but must take place in co-operation of all participating electricity producers and distributors, system suppliers, and  infrastructure and mobility providers.

In addition to the nation-states, the regions also play a driving role in the implementation of the energy transition. The State of Salzburg  proposed in it’s Economic Policy Programme Salzburg 2020 to analyse the innovation potential of the energy change for the Salzburg economy from the perspective of information and communication technologies.

Salzburg Research as an independent research organisation is the link between science and industry, and offers with its focus on information and communication technologies broad experience in software development and testing, evaluating and measuring of communications infrastructures. With this study,  Salzburg Research has identified the innovation needs of Salzburg’s economy and connect it with research potential of R & D facilities in the region. In addition, education and training opportunities have been analysed. The process of creating the study has cross-linked the mentioned players (companies, research, and educational institutions) and thus enabled practical co-operation. The study is structured as follows:

  1. Renewable energy deployment
  2. Efficient Use of Energy
  3. Energy Storage
  4. Innovation in networks and infrastructure
  5. Cross-cutting issues (social, political, cultural, and economic interrelationships)

The focus is on theme 4 “Innovation in networks and infrastructure”.